Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3006
  • Date29 Aug 14
  • VenueLockhart Stadium
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2
San Antonio Scorpions 0
San Antonio Scorpions

F. Picault43'

M. Anderson79'

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs San Antonio Scorpions

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs San Antonio Scorpions



Radio: FTL –


NASL Fall Season Leaders San Antonio Scorpions travel to face the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium.  The Scorpions, who are just a single point from first-place in 2014 NASL Combined Standings (Spring/Fall), are coming off their fourth consecutive home victory last week after topping the Atlanta Silverbacks, 2-1.  Meanwhile, the Strikers, who are just a point from the last qualifying berth to The Championship, dropped a 2-1 decision on the road against FC Edmonton last week.  San Antonio leads the head-to-head series against Fort Lauderdale and is unbeaten in its last three encounters against the Florida side.  The last time both clubs faced off was a month ago when tallies from forwards Billy Forbes and Tomasz Zahorski gave the Scorpions a 2-0 home win at Toyota Field on July 19.


Last Five Games:  FTL – W T W T L              SAS – W L W T W




SAS-Jonathan Borrajo, Cesar Elizondo, Walter Restrepo (Team of the Week-7)


Stats leaders:

FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (7); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)

SAS-Goals –Tomasz Zahorski (5); Assists – Billy Forbes (6)



NASL Head-to-Head: (10 meetings): Scorpions 4 wins, 4 ties, 2 losses— 18 GF/12 GA (+6 GD)

At Strikers: (4 meetings): Scorpions 1 win, 2 ties, 1 loss – 7 GF/5 GA (+2 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting) Scorpions/Strikers 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses— 2 GF/2 GA (0 GD)

Last Meeting: July 19, 2014 at Toyota Field — Scorpions 2-0 Strikers


Coaches quotes:

“San Antonio has a good team, but I believe we can get the three points at home.  We have some of our players back that have been out due to injuries. Every game is important now as we try to make one of the top four spots.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

“Fort Lauderdale can be a challenging side to predict and we're on a little shorter rest than normal this week.  As the season continues and The Championship race intensifies, we're finding our rhythm, refining our style and we'll look to impose our game onto the match this Friday to get a positive result." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina


Referee: Fotis Bazakos

Asst 1: Randy Cook

Asst 2: Felix Carranza

4th: Andres Pfefferkorn



Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 San Antonio Scorpions 0

Goals from forward FafĂ  Picault and midfielder Mark Anderson gave the host Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2-0 victory over the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions at Lockhart Stadium on Friday evening.


Goals from forward Fafà Picault and midfielder Mark Anderson gave the host Fort Lauderdale Strikers a 2-0 victory over the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions at Lockhart Stadium on Friday evening.

The crowd of 3,006 also witness the Strikers earn their first victory over the Scorpions since August 17, 2013.

"The  team really played unbelievably good game today," said Strikers coach, Günter Kronsteiner.  "San Antonio is really a tough team to play, but we did a great job against them. We did not allow them too many opportunities. It was a very well deserved team."

The Strikers dominated the early proceedings of the match, largely in part to a change of formation by Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner. Boosted by the return of several players from injury and suspension, the Austrian tactician fielded a strong attacking side in a classic 4-4-2 diamond midfield formation.

Led by the attacking trio of Jenison Brito, Fafà Picault, and Aly Alberto Hassan, the Strikers forced Scorpions goalkeeper Josh Saunders into seven saves in the first 45 minutes of action. He made 11 saves on the night.

Saunders’ goal was finally breached just minutes before halftime when midfielder Walter Ramirez played Picault through on goal with just a defender and the goalkeeper to beat. A deft touch allowed Picault to skip around defender Greg Janicki before sending a low shot off the post and into the back of the net to open the scoring for his eighth tally of the year.

A red card shown to Hassan in the 64th minute of the match reduced the Strikers to ten men for the closing stages of the match.

Despite the man disadvantage, the Strikers added an insurance goal to make it 2-0 when substitute Mark Anderson scored his fourth goal of the year by firing a free kick past Saunders to double the lead.

Picault had two chances to score his first brace for the Strikers deep into injury time. Saunders came up big to deny the initial effort and the follow-up rebound.